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Error "We are unable to activate the product" When Activating Tableau Server


Published: 25 Mar 2015
Last Modified Date: 30 Dec 2016

Issue

When activating Tableau Server on a computer with an internet connection, the following error might occur:

We are unable to activate the product

Additionally, the following error might appear in the logs:

Tableau could not connect to the licensing server or FlexNet Operations Server. Verify the product key is correct and the primary or online licensing server can be accessed by ports 27000-27009. 
 
Activation succeeds when Fiddler is running.

Environment

Tableau Server

Resolution

In a web browser, visit licensing.tableausoftware.com, and then attempt activation again.

Cause

The computer on which Tableau Server is installed is missing a certificate in the certificate store. Navigating to licensing.tableausoftware.com with a browser adds the certificate to the certificate store, and allows activation with the activation utility.
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